participants in the Innovative Health Care Leader Program
The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership

The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership

Experience Stanford business and medicine in a health care leadership program featuring design thinking and personal leadership skill development.

Stanford Medicine

Innovation. Leadership. Resilience. Today’s successful health care leaders must demonstrate all three. In this extraordinary one-week program, you’ll learn how design thinking and personal leadership skills can help you develop innovative solutions to the specific challenges facing health care leaders — from improving patient care and prioritizing physician wellness to developing negotiation skills and anticipating health care reform.

For the first time ever, faculty members from both Stanford GSB and Stanford Medicine will share their research and strategic insights to create a rigorous, relevant, and experiential curriculum.

Find creative solutions to health care challenges with hands-on design thinking sessions. Develop personal leadership skills that inspire innovation in your team and across your organization. Learn about the key challenges facing health care organizations — from improving the patient-physician relationship to using big data ethically to measuring clinical outcomes.

With guest speakers, case studies, and a professional network of thought leaders, The Innovative Health Care Leader will give you the tools, skills, and mindset to tackle uncertainty and drive change.

Key Benefits

Gain the tools, skills, and mindset to tackle uncertainty and drive innovation in your organization, and build a network of health care change agents.
  • Discover how your personal leadership style impacts those around you.
  • Use the design thinking process to drive innovation.
  • Develop deeper insights into the needs of patients, physicians, and other key stakeholders.
  • Build a strong network of peers with whom you can share ideas and experiences.
  • Develop a just-try-it mentality through rapid prototyping and iteration.
  • Learn how to embrace diversity of opinion using a common process for design.
  • Develop strategies for using personal power to build strong mutual-influence relationships within your organization.

Who Should Attend

  • Global senior-level executives and policymakers with at least 10 years of experience — MDs and non-MDs — from medical schools, HMOs, PPOs, hospitals, and foundations
  • Participant titles may include hospital CEO, COO, and CFO; academic deans, senior VPs, department chairs, and center directors

2021 Program (Tentative)|06 Jun 2021 – 11 Jun 2021


In-person|Stanford GSB

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged.


23 Apr 2021

Program Fee

US $13,000

The program fee includes tuition, private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.

Payment is due upon admission. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.


Certificate of completion. CMEs available (see Curriculum for more information).


Donna Obeid
Associate Director, Programs
Executive Education
Video Introduction
byStanford Graduate School of Business
​Join faculty co-directors Sarah Soule and Abraham Verghese as they discuss this groundbreaking program.

Learn More About the Program


Explore our carefully designed curriculum, and go deeper with select course descriptions or a sample schedule.

Application Requirements

Review all eligibility requirements, and learn about the application process.

Participant Profile

Learn more about our past participants, and find out if the program is right for you.

Faculty Leadership

Sarah A. Soule
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Co-Director, The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership
  • Co-Director, LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program
  • Director, Stanford LEAD Online Business Program
Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP
Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

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